13 Pretty Gardens and Water Features in Pots

Create your next container garden or water feature using these design ideas for gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Photo By: Photo by Heidi Skievaski

Photo By: Image courtesy of Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Heidi Skievaski/Image courtesy of Sublime Garden Design

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Heidi Skievaski/Image courtesy of Sublime Garden Design

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Heidi Skievaski/Image courtesy of Sublime Garden Design

Photo By: Photo by Heidi Skievaski/Image courtesy of Sublime Garden Design

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Photo By: Photo by Karl Gercens

Co-Habitation

Go vertical with multiple species in one pot: this stuffed charmer features lemon cypress, creeping wire vine, heuchera and coleus.

Plant Theatre

A tiered riser inside an outdoor fireplace gives a rotating cast of potted plants their moments in the sun—and time onstage!

Bubbly Beauty

Simple water features can be easy and elegant: in this garden, a bubbling urn sits snugly amongst 'Georgia Peach' Heuchera and red Japanese maple.

It's Easy Being Green

A neat row of chartreuse pots filled with palms and ivy adds zip to a neutral brick patio.

Mums the Word!

Looking for an autumn mix that co-plants well and provides color? This circular garden with chrysanthemums, carex, euphorbia, yew, leucothoe and heuchera is a great example of more is more!

Fruit and Fancy

Container gardening à la 16th century Rome: A symmetrical smattering of potted citrus trees decorate the formal grounds of Italy's Villa  Borghese.

Hip to Be Square

This sunken garden grid takes container gardening out of the pot and into the box.

Natural Tiers

This Basalt stone fountain is self-contained and blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

Doorstopper

This clever container is disguised as a climber with lush flowering maple, coleus and Calibrachoa.

Metallurgy

Go big! Create defined spaces and shapes by using metal sheeting as your container garden border.

Toy Soldiers

Steal this trick from European formal gardens: Use pots to create borders and dramatic shapes to mirror their surroundings.

True Blue

This lacquered earthenware potted fountain is a refreshing and eye-catching addition to the rich hues of a tropical garden.

Cacti Galore

A container is the perfect place to try your hand at grooming these prickly species (and the more, the merrier)!

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